Legal education and the legal profession traditionally focus on national policies and operate within the boundaries of the nation. However, the intensity with which the liberalization policies have globalized the economic, political, social and cultural relations with multiple transactions between the nations and the individuals, created new avenues of interactions and relationships. These interactions fashioned new perceptions in existing legal orders globally. India being dubbed as world largest market is not an exception to such a phenomenon but centrifugal to such transformation.
As a result, there is a growing demand for research in the field of law. Keeping in mind the legal needs and demands of emerging India there is a need to promote various research activities, particularly qualitative in nature to assess the trends.
Matrixes of socio economic condition in India are immensely influencing national policies and laws. As witnessed in India, regional imbalances, diversity, and widening inequalities there is a need to look at the role of legal fraternity in meeting the unmet legal needs of the society in securing access to justice. Failure to secure the reach of benefits of law to the society has exposed the chink between the law in books and law in action. As a result, the need for greater research and education about this gap assumes paramount importance.
Keeping these diversified needs in mind, V.M. Salgaocar College of Law to attune its vision of ‘Excellence in Legal Education in Pursuit of Justice and Service to Humanity’, Brings its Salgaocar Law Review (SLR) to promote legal research and to encourage free interchange of ideas among the legal intellects.
Increasing the numbers of potential researchers and improving the quality of research capacity is the need of the hour. I am happy that bringing SLR is a step towards that goal and preference would be given to those research articles that have a multi-disciplinary approach and demonstrate qualitative research. Therefore, this Review is not only restricted to the law fraternity but is also open to other streams like, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Social Work, Management, or Anthropology.
We are deeply saddened with the demise of the great Messiah of the masses, Hon’ble Justice Krishna Iyer, who would be better that Prof. Madhava Menon, the living legend in law, to write about Justice Iyer! I am thankful to him for readily agreeing to publish his speech which was delivered in V.M. Salgaocar College of Law in memory of our beloved Justice Krishna Iyer. We are privileged to start the Review with a tribute to Justice Iyer.
Though it is the first issue, we have received an overwhelming response. It is great to have issues ranging from health, development, consumer protection, poverty and pollution, among others. SLR focuses not only on articles but also essays, case comments and lectures for ensuring diversity. However, such an initiation would require cooperation from the researchers and coordination from the Editorial Board. I thank all the contributors and the Editorial Board for their contribution in bringing out this Review. I am deeply indebted to Prof. N.R. Madhava Menon, Justice Dr. Ferdino Rebello, Justice Nelson Britto, Prof. (Dr.) Venkat Rao, and Prof. (Dr.) T.R. Subramanya, for accepting to be on the Advisory Board.
– Dr. M.R.K. Prasad
Editor in Chief
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